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County of Contra Costa
273,606 / 71.1% Yes votes ...... 111,048 / 28.9% No votes
Index of all Measures
Results as of Dec 15 1:28pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (921/921)|
82.9% Voter Turnout (418,335/504,505)
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SALES TAX MEASURE J CONTRA COSTA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
Shall voters approve a Transportation Expenditure Plan to: o Extend and improve the BART system, o Add a Fourth Bore to the Caldecott Tunnel and improve Highway 24, o Widen and improve Interstate 80, 680, and Highway 4, o Maintain and improve local streets and roads, o Improve transit for seniors and disabled persons, and Authorize a 25-year continuation of the local half-cent sales tax to implement the Transportation Expenditure Plan, which shall not increase the current sales tax?
If this measure is approved by the voters, the revenues derived from the half-cent sales tax will be expended for the transportation projects and programs set forth in the Contra Costa Transportation Authority's adopted transportation expenditure plan ("TEP"). The Contra Costa Transportation Authority has adopted a new TEP (included in the voter information handbook) to supplement the original 1988 TEP. The new TEP sets forth transportation projects and programs, including extending and improving the BART system, adding a fourth bore to the Caldecott Tunnel and improving Highway 24, widening and improving Interstates 80 and 680 and Highway 4, maintaining and improving local streets and roads, and improving transit for seniors and disabled persons. If approved by the voters, the TEP will become effective on April 1, 2005. This measure seeks voter approval of the amendment of Ordinance No. 88-01, the continuance of the existing sales tax, and the implementation of the new TEP.
Two-thirds of those voting on the measure must approve the measure in order for it to pass.
A "yes" vote is to approve Ordinance No. 04-02, including the continuation of the sales tax.
A "no" vote is to disapprove Ordinance No. 04-02, including the continuation of the sales tax.
|Arguments For Measure J||Arguments Against Measure J|
|Vote YES on Measure J for comprehensive transportation solutions to traffic and congestion in Contra Costa County. Passage of Measure J authorizes an expenditure plan to relieve congestion in every major commute corridor in Contra Costa County, providing a balance of road improvements and mass transit solutions to manage our traffic problems. Measure J will help us address the transportation demands facing our County. Measure J identifies five regional transportation priorities for Contra Costa County:
1. Fix aging highways and build the fourth bore of the Caldecott Tunnel. Major new projects will improve interchanges, open new lanes-- including a fourth bore of the Caldecott Tunnel on Highway 24-- and improve Interstates 80, 680 and Highway 4.
2. Maintain and improve local streets and roads. The current plan provides critical funds to every city in Contra Costa County for maintenance of local streets and roads. The new plan will continue to fund these activities, repaving streets, filling potholes, and upgrading local transportation infrastructure.
3. Expand BART and transit programs that have a demonstrated ability to get people out of their cars. These include substantial new expansions and improvements to the BART system and express and feeder bus services.
4. Special transportation services for seniors and people with disabilities. The plan significantly increases funds to serve people with special transportation needs and our community's growing senior population.
5. Improve bike and pedestrian safety. The plan reduces hazards and maximizes safety by funding improvements in bike and pedestrian infrastructure. Measure J was created through a two year public planning process that solicited input from citizens throughout Contra Costa County. It reflects a consensus, drawing support from environmental, social justice, taxpayer, and transit advocates; union members and business interests; all nineteen cities; and unanimous support from the Board of Supervisors. For more information, please visit our website http://www.YesOnMeasureJ.org. Vote YES on Measure J.
Senator Tom Torlakson
Richard Rainey, Retired Sheriff and Former State Senator
Amy Worth, Chair, Contra Costa Transportation Authority
Federal Glover, Chair, Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors
Beverly W. Lane, Director, East Bay Regional Park District
LONG COMMUTES REMAIN. Contra Costa's average commute became sixth worst among America's 3,142 counties (2000 Census) + and Contra Costa's Transportation Authority admits that in the past two years alone, "congestion has increased almost 20%." Yet CCTA's tax-funded promotional materials for Measure J misleadingly show nearly empty roads!
MEASURE C HASN'T WORKED. Why not? o Measure C (voter-approved in 1988) promised to "assure that new growth pays for the facilities required to meet the demands resulting from that growth." Didn't happen. o Jurisdictions with new development were to meet minimum standards. Again, didn't happen.
DON'T TRUST THE POLITICIANS. They've dodged Measure C's promises for 15 years. Now, they seek endorsement of their irresponsibility. Your "NO" vote on Measure J holds them accountable.
MEASURE J FAILS TO FULLY FUND KEY PROJECT AREAS + and Bay Bridge funding fiascos demonstrate the unreliability of state-match money. Measure J would not make buses a viable transportation alternative. And as conceived, the Caldecott Tunnel project would improve only reverse commutes + e.g., weekday-morning traffic INTO Contra Costa County.
MEASURE C WON'T EXPIRE UNTIL 2009. Contra Costa's transportation plan should reasonably balance highways, local streets, public transit, positive trip-reduction incentives, quality of life, and a healthy economy. Given Measure C's/Measure J's high cost, there's time enough to plan genuine solutions for Contra Costa's transportation problems.
VOTE NO ON MEASURE J!
Ed Dimmick + Measure C Co-Author
East Bay League of Former Mayor
Walnut Creek Conservation Voters Kathleen C. Nimr
Director Diablo Greens Gregory J. Schneider
Jeanne-Marie Rosenmeier, Treasurer Friends of Sycamore Valley, Founding Director
|LESS THAN 50% OF MEASURE J FUNDS ROADS, OUR GREATEST TRANSPORTATION NEED. Despite many Billions in new transit subsidies [including Measure J], automobiles will still provide 82% of Bay Area trips in 2025, transit just 6% [MTC, 2001].
MEASURE J's NUMEROUS OTHER PROBLEMS INCLUDE...
o Strings attached: 90% ($360 Million) of Measure J's "return-to-source" street-maintenance funds require surrendering your community's autonomy to county bureaucrats and complex decrees dictating even housing policy.
o eBART evasions: even with Measure J, "eBART would still need $107 million" to reach Brentwood and Byron + and likely impose high-density housing (Contra Costa Times, 10/11/03).
o Fourth-bore and Highway 4 runarounds: these projects need full $430 Million funding. Measure J makes them partially-funded excuses for other spending. CONTRA COSTA'S EXISTING TRANSPORTATION SALES TAX (MEASURE C) DOESN'T EXPIRE UNTIL 2009. Authorizing $2.02 Billion in new taxes now is imprudent and unnecessary.
o Taxpayers should weigh genuine 2008-09 transportation needs against tax burdens then, not prematurely lock in 25 years of new spending now. November 2 marks the fourth tax election this year for many Contra Costans. More bond schemes, parcel taxes, higher gasoline taxes, and another bridge-toll increase are already under discussion.
o Exhausted, overtaxed commuters should require better utilization of existing transportation tax dollars. Proposition 42, California's "Transportation Congestion Improvement Act" (2002), was supposed to dedicate gasoline sales-tax revenues to transportation needs. Instead, escape clauses have diverted Billions elsewhere.
o Only 11.2% of the Billions in new bridge-toll dollars (promoted as "traffic relief" and approved as Regional Measure 2 last March) affect roads and bridges. RM2 provides $700 Million for ferries + twice what highways get + and now, Measure J hands ferries another $45 Million!
CONTRA COSTA'S TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY IS PROMOTING MEASURE J WITH PUBLIC FUNDS. WE HOPE YOU'LL JOIN OUR GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGN, OPPOSE POLITICIANS' DOUBLE-DIP, BAIT-AND-SWITCH DECEPTIONS, AND...
VOTE NO ON MEASURE J!
Alliance of Contra Costa Taxpayers Citizens for Responsible Government Kenneth E. Hambrick, Chairman
Kenneth Arras, Chairman East Bay Libertarian Party
Lafayette Taxpayers Association Scott Wilson, Contra Costa Chairman
Donald Lively, Spokesman Save El Sobrante
Marilynne L Mellander, Coordinator
Waiting means more delays, with greater costs, while renewing now will ensure:
Approving Measure J now will allow the funds raised to be leveraged for additional state and federal money + dollars that would otherwise go elsewhere. Please join the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, and all 19 cities in support of Measure J. We need to get started. It's time to improve our regional roadways. For more information about the plan go to http://www.ccta.net or visit the website at http://www.yesonmeasureJ.org.
Please vote YES on Measure J on November 2nd
Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher
Assemblyman Guy Houston
Mark DeSaulnier California Air Resources Boardmember
Contra Costa County Supervisor Maria Alegria
Pinole City Council Member, Contra Costa Transportation Authority Commissioner, California State Automobile Association President and CEO James Pouliot